Friday 19 October 1917 We Lost 801

by greatwarliveslost

Kingston Annie A 18 One of 7 siblings killed
Kingston Bridget Mary 16 One of 7 siblings killed
Kingston Mary Elizabeth 11 One of 7 siblings killed
Kingston Kathleen Violet 10 One of 7 siblings killed
Kingston Richard 8 One of 7 siblings killed
Kingston Thomas John 6 One of 7 siblings killed
Kingston Edith Elizabeth 3 One of 7 siblings killed

The last Zeppelin raid on London takes place this night. A 300-lb bomb from Zeppelin L45 falls at Glenview Road Hither Green destroys three houses and damages many others. Five women and nine children are killed by this the last bomb dropped on London by a Zeppelin. Seven of the children are the Kingstron siblings who ranged in age from three to eighteen.

The steamship Britannia (Master William Hendry age 57) goes missing in the English Channel. It is later discovered that she is sunk by the submarine UC-75 killing twenty two including her master. Among the other casualties is

  • Assistant Steward Robert Atherton age 40 a Welsh International Association football player who played midfield and forward for Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Middleborough and Chelsea. His was the Captain of the 1st Hibernian side to win the League Championship in 1903.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Welsh International footballer
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose cousin was killed nine days ago
  • A man whose two brothers were killed in the South Africa War
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The nephew of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Francis William Thicknesse DSO (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Norman Thicknesse Rector of St George’s Hanover Square.  His cousin was killed in action nine days previously.
  • Lieutenant Hugh Nelson Jickell (Auckland Regiment) is killed at age 27. His two brothers were killed in the South African War.
  • Lieutenant G E C Thomson (Black Watch) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed at Mons in October 1914.  They are nephews of Captain G C Karran JP.
  • Private Ernest Dyke (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 36. His brother will be killed in July 1918.